Both our Mount Isa Mines and Townsville Copper Refinery are classified as Major Hazard Facilities under the Mining and Quarrying Act and Work Health and Safety Act.
MHF's can be mines, refineries, chemical plants and fuel or chemical storage sites where large quantities of potentially hazardous materials are stored, handled or processed.
Across our fully integrated north Queensland value chain, we mine, process and refine minerals that play important roles in modern life. The processes of recovering metals involves using chemicals, called reagents, to help separate the valuable mineral content from waste rock.
Some reagents are hazardous materials that fall under the National Standard for control of Major Hazard Facilities. The objective of this standard is to prevent and minimize the effects of any major incidents associated with hazardous materials.
As a responsible operator, we are vigilant about identifying and managing risks and actively working to responsibly assess, implement and review control measures to minimise the chance of harm to our people and our communities.
We invest heavily in the selection, training and development of all our people to ensure they have the skills they need to identify hazards and take appropriate action to control these in their workplaces.
Our annual business planning cycle includes risk management processes and we also work closely with local stakeholders and emergency services to ensure the safest, most effective response to an incident, if it should occur.